Grand Theft Parsons details
|Starring:||Robert Forster, Christina Applegate, Johnny Knoxville|
|Studio:||LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
Grand Theft Parsons
|Run time:||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Sep 2004|
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Laid-back road movie funBy andzj from Norfolk , 01 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Not knowing much of the output of Gram Parsons, the 70s country/rock muso whose body is stolen in the film, I was pleased to find that at heart this is an easy-going road-movie that recalls the doper attitude of films such as "Easy Rider". Johnny Knoxville, best known for MTV's "Jackass", excels in his first acting role and most of the film's pleasure comes from his interaction with the laid-back hippy whose is his unwilling road-mate.
It's not a very serious film, but for it's short running time it's great fun and an enjoyable waste of time, which is exactly it's intention. For myself, I plan to seek out some more of Parson's music on the strength of the excellent soundtrack and I am looking forward to what Knoxville does next.
If you're a fan of road movies such as "Five Easy Pieces" and the aforementioned "Easy Rider" then give it a try - this one is so laid back it's almost prostrate. And that's no bad thing in this age of CGI and ever-increasing spectacle.
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Not the real storyBy seniordeansy (3 reviews) , 07 Oct 2013The real story of the theft of Gram Parson's body is a great one, but it has been changed here to make it light hearted and funny. It just seems unnecessary not to tell the real thing. Fun and goofy film if you don't know what really happened. Disappointing if you do.
Does what it says on the tin...By a customer from London , 30 Sep 2008I kind of enjoyed the film but found some of the characters to be one dimensional, with a hippy that was like Shaggy out of Scooby Doo and a crazy hippy chick. The film 'does what it says on the tin' and is a light-hearted look at a bizarre and emotive event, although the subject matter is deserving of a documentary (if one doesn't exist already). Oh yes, and the soundtrack was pretty cool.
it's Miller timeBy sauerkraut (1 review) from Nottingham , 11 Jul 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideok, so.. I love Gram Parsons. The intial idea of this film filled me with dread back in 2004. I've avoided it - till now! (5 star reviews over at Amazon)
The infamous story of Gram's death and the coffin stealing antics of Kaufman, his 'road manager deluxe', is fictionalised here. I was left questioning why they needed to add irritating extra characters and incidents when the truth is more than extraordinary. Don't get me wrong - there are some great comedic moments between Kaufman and Larry, but unfortunately they are quite rare. But remember (regretfully) this isn't Gram's story. The film does a good job of highlighting Kaufman's loyalty to Parsons - and the regret that he was not there for him when he needed him most, but that is all. Otherwise it's a cliche ridden and far too ordinary road movie that merely scratches at the surface of a fascinating story.
Deserving of a mention is some rather blatent product placement thanks to Miller. Makes for quite a good game of 'spot the logo' incase you are left bored by the tame adaptation and far too basic character development of the film itself.
In line with the recent fashion of rock'n'roll biopics I would hope that somebody could come along and tell the story of Gram's life (and death) in the colourful, inspiring and tragic way it so desperately deserves.
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Fairly good road trip movieBy ToxicScott from Northern Ireland , 07 Jul 2008I've always heard the story of Gram Parsons farewell and although a bit tedious at times it becomes a fairly good road trip/chase/comedy/redemption film. I especially liked how Gram's father finally realizes that he had never given Gram any encouragement or praise for what he had accomplished in life while he was alive and that Gram, in turn, had found another family in which to belong and let's his remains go to them. It just goes to show, if you're drunk and/or high DO NOT make burial plans with your equally drunk and/or high friends. Period.
Dude...its boringBy a customer from Solihull , 03 Mar 2008Starts off with a fairly amusing premise of various rocker/hippy guys wandering round in a flower power hearst...sadly the joke wears off very very quickly. I'm not sure it would even entertain a keen Gram Parsons fan.As I say boring dude.